Name the Children: Your Chance to Get Involved!

It has come to my attention (through keen powers of observing that The Baby had a birthday), that The Baby is no longer really a baby. As such, renaming of The Toddler and The Baby would appear to be due.

I have decided to open up the options I have been considering for public discussion/voting. *

(*I reserve the right to entirely ignore the publicly favoured option, if it is the one I do not want to use.)

Without further ado, I give you the shortlist of new names for my now pair of toddlers (oh, yes, I am fully committed to overplaying the excitement level of this post – prepare to be underwhelmed and totally disinterested).

1. The Toddler and The Artist Formerly Known as The Baby
Not really. Just kidding.

2. Toddler the First and Toddler the Second
I like the Lemony Snicketness of this, but wonder if it would fail to be a significant enough distinction, and thus be confusing.

3. The Littlun and The Bigun
A Lord of the Flies reference, so there would be a link to a favourite post of mine. (I know, right, how clever. Perhaps Silly Mummy should also be renamed? Clever Mummy. No? No. It wasn’t even my idea. Thanks, Dad!)

4. Toddler the Elder and Toddler the Younger (to be shortened to The Elder and The Younger)
As in the Pitts (William, not Brad and Angelina). A highbrow political reference. We are very highbrow around here (what is that laughing, stop that right now).

5. The Toddler and The Baby
For those who just don’t like change.

Which do you prefer? Or do you have suggestions of your own? (Yes, there is a small risk of this leading to further votes to deal with additional suggestions, and the eventual decision to just call them Toddler One and Toddler Two taken on the eve of The Artist Formerly Known as The Baby’s first day in secondary school…)

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  1. Mim says:

    I just spat laughing at option 1! Purlease do it. Otherwise I do like ‘Toddler 1 and Toddler 2’ and then we can have another voting session when they both reach, well, 3 years old? But seriously, please do option 1. Mim x

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Haha – it’s a bit of a mouthful, though, isn’t it? I’d have to reduce it to a symbol & then it’s a slippery slope – before you know it the poor child would be dressed head to toe in purple velvet!

      Toddler 1 & Toddler 2 is quite Dr Seuss, I think (like Thing 1 & Thing 2), but I don’t know if it might get a bit wearing & confusing for people reading to give them virtually identical names. It’s a dilemma!

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Littlun & Bigun seems to be leading. I don’t plan on more, I don’t think, Did consider Oldest and Youngest too! Thanks for popping by!

  2. I don’t like change!!
    BUT I do like these options very much, particularly the elder and the younger. You could start going down the Anglo Saxon route and so I’m going to throw in The Unready, The Great, The Peaceful, The Conqueror and The Confessor into the mix. I’m afraid that’s where my Anglo-Saxon knowledges screeches to a halt but the beauty of these is that they are flexible for many situations (although not so much for denoting The Toddler and The Baby’s age relationship which i guess is the point of this)!
    Hmm I’m warming to my Anglo Saxon theme though…maybe my blog needs an overhaul!
    Good luck! x

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Haha – I like these! Particularly The Unready. The Peaceful may be a little hopeful for names for a pair of toddlers…Or I could military rank them on seniority maybe?? The General and The Sergeant Major? I have been wondering today if I should go the surreal route and use the names The Toddler has referred to each of them as today. The Sandwich (herself) and The Naughty Wolf (The Baby). Any new readers would be terribly confused by my 10 Funniest Things The Sandwich Says feature though!

      I think you should definitely Anglo-Saxonify your blog! It would be an amazing theme. You could have Ye Olde English Thursdays, where you write a post in Old English. x

    • Silly Mummy says:

      I did not intend number 1 to receive the popular support it is doing! Poor little Artist Formerly Known as The Baby! It’s going to take her forever to learn to write her name! Thanks for popping by!

  3. If Bart Simpson’s baby sister could talk then I think she would vote for keeping the baby and toddler names! It could seriously traumatise your readers if you change the names, like when they brought Bobby Ewing back to life in Dallas. Lol! #BigFatLinky

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Good point. That is a valid concern – we don’t want to be Bobby Ewing (‘it’s okay, The Baby’s birthday was just a dream, she was actually only born yesterday’)! On the other hand, if I leave them, it is surely only a matter of time before someone who was not following from the start reads a post and thinks, ‘What is wrong with this woman, calling that walking and talking child a baby, the poor thing will have delayed development with her trying to pretend it’s a baby!’ It’s a real dilemma! Well, maybe not a real dilemma, exactly, but still enough of a decision to confuse me! Thanks for popping by.

  4. Kate says:

    I think you need to write a blog explaining their pseudo names of Bernard and Humphrey and then it’s job done! Or ban ki baby moon and butros butros baby? Then kofi anappy can get involved too… I do appreciate this needs some background but it’s the way forward
    As an aside I don’t appreciate the mocking of Prince… He had very legitimate reasons for what he did! I like the TAFKATB anyhow. x

    • Silly Mummy says:

      What were his legitimate reasons? I think Bernard/Humphrey or the UN Baby Generals might take a bit too much explaining on every post! x

  5. Alexis says:

    What about calling them Smokey and the Bandit? Or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?
    Someone had to make the low brow joke:)
    Visiting from #weekendblogshare

  6. Mama Zen says:

    I found the task of choosing names for my children on my blog as challenging as choosing their ACTUAL names! In hind sight, when flicking through all the baby name books, I should have gone for the names that are least annoying after saying them a billion times a day! Maybe go for this tactic? I like littlun and bigun xx

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Maybe someone should write a blogging baby names book! Oh, yes – I could pick names with letters next to each other on keyboard for easy typing. Wert and Xcvb it is! Littlun and Bigun will probably be the ones. Thanks for input. x

    • Silly Mummy says:

      I do like Toddler and Baby, but Baby is walking and starting to talk so I think it’s going to start being a little odd calling her The Baby. Or it will sound like I have a genius infant…

  7. tanya says:

    I like the biggun and the littleun but I also like the toddler the and the baby. My 2year old will forever remain the baby as she’s the youngest of 4 (she actually responds to “baby” as well as her name)

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Aww! well, I do only intend the two, so I suppose I could argue that she is still the baby of the family & can keep the name! Thanks for popping by.

  8. Mummaknows says:

    I don’t like change! I will probably live in denial for a long time when my “baby” crosses the baby threshold into toddler-dom. Can’t she just always be my baby, right? But as second best, I like elder and younger!

  9. I’m going with door #3, not as much to type, you won’t have to change it as they grow. I do kind of like Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss. I am waiting impatiently to see which option you choose!!

  10. Silly Mummy says:

    I think it probably will be number 3. I can see the logic of something that doesn’t need changing again. I like the Dr Seuss too, but probably a bit confusing. I’m very indecisive – it could take me forever to commit!

  11. Lady Nym says:

    I like the third one (although, if the Baby outgrows the Toddler one day that might cause further complications). I have a similar problem. I have Tiny Tyger and Baby Bear. Baby Bear is very much a toddler now (coming up for a year and a half) and Tiny Tyger is less tiny. I often just refer to them as Tyger and Bear but that doesn’t fix the name of the blog! Short-sighted or what?

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